Top High Schools in the Houston, TX Metro (page 2)

Top High Schools in the Houston, TX Metro

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Updated on Aug 23, 2011



Eastwood Academy

Houston Independent School District


Each student who graduates from Eastwood Academy heads to college, and many are the first in their family to attend a post secondary institution. The school is an internal charter in the Houston ISD District and serves an inner city population. The school provides academic instruction, mentoring, and resources to ensure that each student is college-bound. Staff works closely with parents to educate them about college and keep them involved in the school.


Since many students have limited language skills, the school focuses heavily on reading and has required reading outside of classes. The AP program is a source of pride at the school and Eastwood Academy is in the process of applying for the IB program.


All juniors and seniors attend SAT preparation classes and the school assists with exam fees when necessary. A college coordinator walks each student through the application process and each student is required to apply to at least seven colleges. During their senior year, each student takes a writing sequence to write college essays, college applications, and scholarship applications. Through the Fantastic Learning Opportunity (FLO) program, nonprofits donate funds to allow students to take a trip outside of their neighborhood.


“We nurture our students so that they have no way escaping our expectations of going to college,” said Principal Rudy” Treviño.



Friendswood High School

Friendswood Independent School District


The student body at Friendswood High School is exceptionally involved one -- over 90 percent are involved in co-curricular activities.


Several programs at the school encourage students to help each other and build relationships. Qualified seniors work in classrooms to mentor and tutor underclassmen, and over 100 kids are trained to use “non-violent communication and intervention skills to prevent, de-escalate and stop mistreatment among their peers” through the Safe School Ambassador. The school also has an extensive Career Tech program that recently won awards at competitions.


Athletics play an important role in school culture and the school has won the state championship in their division for the Lone Star Cup, which encompasses all sports. The performing arts programs are very competitive and often win regional, state, and national honors. The school offers a Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Band. The theater program also puts on several productions for the school and community each year.


"I think the key to our success is our teachers and their dedication beyond the classroom. Our teachers not only do a great job working with our students during class but also spend endless hours outside of our regular school schedule motivating our students to achieve excellence in all areas of the high school experience," Mark Griffon, Principal.



Kerr High

Alief Independent School District


Students at Kerr High School learn through a self-directed style of instruction that allows progress through material at their own pace.


Principal Greg Freeman describes the instruction style as “Coursework [that] is driven by learning guides called (PAKS), which allow students the freedom to move through a course at a pace appropriate for their level of understanding. PAKS emphasize group and individual study using a variety of resources and activities, multiple assessment opportunities and the development of personal responsibility by meeting deadlines set by teachers.” The PAKS guide students through a variety of activities, such as books, experiments, performances, and written assignments that support the overall concepts they are learning.


Students meet in large classes of around 100 students and often interact in smaller peer groups, similar to a one-room schoolhouse environment. The classes are similar to an online course with a mix of daily face-to-face interaction and technology. While the school does not offer sports teams, students can participate in a host of other extracurricular activities, such as performing arts and academic teams.



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